For four years, Americana duo The Secret Sisters (Laura and Lydia Rogers) were riding high. They had a record deal, made two albums with producer T Bone Burnett, and shared stages with legends like Willie Nelson.

Things went downhill fast. 

They got sued by a former manager and subsequently had to file for bankruptcy after legal fees depleted their savings. Finally, they were dropped — via a letter in the mail  — by their record label.

This rapid-fire succession of setbacks was devastating, and the women couldn’t even find solace in their music. “Because all of these business relationships were going sour, it felt like music was betraying us, in a way,” said Lydia. “The last thing we felt like doing for months and months was writing a song or being creative in any way.” 

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Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, who’d been a friend and mentor ever since the duo opened for her on a 2011 tour, reached out and offered to produce a new Secret Sisters project. It was the first time Carlile and her bandmates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, had produced another act, but said Lydia, “they were such a joy to work with.” She added, “I don’t think that anybody could have handled it as delicately as she did … it really helped reestablish our belief in ourselves.”

The new, crowdfunded album — The Secret Sisters’ third studio release — is called “You Don’t Own Me Anymore,” and is out June 9 on New West Records. The 12-song record, with its haunting songs and enchanting harmonies, proves that the Rogers sisters haven’t lost a step despite their hiatus. 

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On May 28, the duo will play 3rd and Lindsley as part of an extensive tour currently slated to run through September. 

After spending the last few years in suspended animation, the band is downright gleeful when discussing their return to the road. Said Lydia, “It has just been a long time coming. It felt like it would never happen, but here we are and we’re excited to see what’s next.” 

If you go

What:The Secret Sisters

When: 8 p.m. May 28

Where: 3rd and Lindsley (818 3rd Ave. S)

Tickets: $15

 

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